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Activities

For nature lovers there is a wealth of flora and fauna in Le Marche, and the countryside around Casa Tranquilla itself provides a rich variety of mammals and birdlife. You can gaze idly at the birds of prey that wheel in the clear skies above our villa, and listen to the woodpeckers in the copse of trees below the house, whilst in the summertime you can watch swallows and swifts dipping down to our pool to drink.

Le Marche boasts two National Parks, the Sibillini which spills into the Umbria region, and the Abruzzo National Park which spills into Le Marche at its southern end.

The Sibillini National Park

is the nearest National Park to Loro Piceno and offers a lovely drive out into the countryside. Its highest peak Monte Vettore soaring to nearly 2500 metres in height can be seen from miles around. The picturesque slopes of these majestic mountains hold snow from November through to May/June, and in addition to mountain sports it boasts a plethora of wildlife including deer, wolves, bears and wild boar. Just driving through the region is a real pleasure. For more information on this outstanding area see more at www.parks.it/parco.nazionale.monti.sibillini

The Piano Grande

is a fascinating flat upland plain, ringed by the Sibillini mountains. In late May and early June it is renowned for its amazing floral displays of grape hyacinths, wild crocus, poppies, narcissi, wild tulips and a multitude of orchids. The scenery, with its plant biodiversity, startling colours and atmospheric eerie silence, is incredible.

The plain is dominated by Monte Vettore, with the village of Castellucio standing at the northern end. Its empty, ancient streets and crumbling buildings, give the impression of a lost community, yet in late spring, the lentil fields bloom. Castellucio lentils are famous for their tiny size and delicate taste.

Hang gliders, paragliders, skiers and walkers are all attracted to Castellucio, but in the meadows on the plain, indescribable beauty resides in its silence.

The Frasassi Caves

- a truly excellent experience for a day away from Casa Tranquilla. For their sheer spectacular natural beauty, it is well worth tearing yourself away from our lovely pool to visit the Grottes de Frasassi in the north of Le Marche, not far from Urbino. Here you will find one of Europe's largest and most famous cave complexes, which were only discovered and opened to the public about 25 years ago.

Equipped with walkways and theatrical lighting, the Grotta del Vento is Europe's largest single cavern, so vast that it could easily accommodate Milan Cathedral. This attraction can get really busy in the summer months, and visitors should be prepared for low temperatures (14o). Check out www.frasassi.com for more details.

Macerata Opera and Music Festival

in July/August. Held in the open-air 2nd Century ampitheatre of Sferisterio, this is second only to Verona in national importance. Also nearby is the Colmurano Music Festival in mid July, the San Severino Blues Festival (July). Further afield are the Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro (mid August) and the Fano Jazz by the Sea (late July) . Every little village has some local delicacy or other to celebrate such as the Vino Cotto in Loro Piceno itself, plus of course their own saint's days.

For more information on the Le Marche region, including local news and events please visit Marche Voyager.

Special Activities

We can offer some unique experiences for our visitors with something out of the ordinary, organised by people that we know.

Survival craft and animal tracking experiences can be provided for both children and adults by our British property maintenance man, Marcus. He runs both half-day and multi-day courses together with archery, shooting and personal defence, and he will draw up personalised programmes for corporates and groups. Discounts are given for family and group bookings. For more information click here.

Italian Spirit. Moreno Moretti is a young Italian from the locality who speaks English and offers an opportunity for you to meet local people and experience what he calls 'the true flavour of rural life' in Le Marche. He provides a truly wide range of activities, some in partnership with others, ranging from truffle hunting and cookery to guided walking excursions, wine tours, cycling and Vespa scooter hire. What can be better than cooking dishes with fresh truffles that you sourced yourself in the morning with Moreno's help?